Les Mehrhoff Plant Biodiversity Preservation Grant

Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists

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Anticipated deadline: Feb 14, 2021

Grant amount: US $1,000

Fields of work: Botanical Conservation

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Individuals, Indigenous Group, Government Entity, College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Connecticut

Location of residency: Connecticut

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About this funder:




CAWS was established in 1997 to promote the profession and understanding of wetland science in Connecticut and to support public interest by:

  • Maintaining and developing high professional standards and a code of ethics and promoting their use by practicing wetland scientists. 
  • Supporting and contributing to the expansion of the wetland science research base and encouraging the free exchange of scientific and technical information within the public and private communities.
  • Designing and developing programs to educate the membership and the public in the study of wetlands and the profession of wetland science, and
  • Contributing to sound public policy based on the scientific understanding of wetlands.


Dr. Leslie J. Mehrhoff worked tirelessly to preserve plant biodiversity in Connecticut, New England and beyond through his work with invasive species and rare and endangered plants. He was the founder of the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG), and served as Director of the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE). Les also worked for the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UConn as the curator of the George Safford Torrey Herbarium. As a naturalist, Les was active in numerous conservation organizations including the New England Wildflower Society, the Connecticut Botanical Society, the Torrey Botanical Club, and many, many others. His dedication to the preservation of natural communities through the knowledge, control and eradication of invasive species plays a pivotal role in the understanding of wetland science which the Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists (CAWS) strives to promote. CAWS is pleased to announce a $1,000.00 annual grant in Les’ honor which is aimed at protecting the plant communities of Connecticut. 

Uses of Grants

The grant is intended to aid on-the-ground control and/or preservation efforts for plant communities within Connecticut. Funds provided are intended to be used for direct implementation actions. It is expected that the funded project will include a monitoring component to evaluate its efficacy.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • CAWS is seeking to provide support for on-the-ground preservation efforts or invasive control efforts conducted by non-profit, community groups, or individuals directed at preserving plant biodiversity within Connecticut.
  • The recipient/group need not be a member of CAWS in order to apply.
  • Ideal candidates would include Land-Trusts, Garden Clubs, Citizen & Student Conservation Organizations and related groups.


  • This grant is not directed toward research.